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In our latest episode of the Port City Plate Podcast, we had the pleasure of sitting down with Roosevelt Patterson, a Mobile Sports Hall of Famer, football state and national champion, and former NFL player. Today, he’s better known as Rosie, the doorman at Las Floriditas, ensuring guests know the password and follow the dress code. Join us as we dive into his incredible journey from the football field to mentoring young people and working at one of the coolest spots in Mobile.

Hailing from Prichard, Alabama, Patterson began playing football in high school, eventually earning a scholarship to the University of Alabama. Here, he played under the legendary coach Gene Stallings, who he still speaks with twice a week, and considers a father figure. Patterson was a key player in Alabama’s National Championship win in 1992 and later went on to play in the NFL.

Roosevelt “Rosie” Patterson’s journey took a surprising turn when he became the doorman at Las Floriditas. Known for its great entrance, fedora hat, bookshelf, and Ernest Hemingway-inspired atmosphere, Las Floriditas is a tribute to the famous author and his love for Cuba. Rosie ensures that guests are aware of the daily password and adhere to the dress code, making him a recognizable figure in the local community.

Patterson also takes pride in mentoring young people, offering guidance on topics like college sports, personal finance, and the importance of education. He believes in using his life experiences to inspire and guide the next generation of athletes.

When asked about his favorite restaurants in Mobile, Rosie listed Dauphin’s as one of his top picks. He’s also a fan of the city’s food scene and enjoys cooking for his mom. When he does dine out, he appreciates the culinary offerings of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and loves indulging in seafood like shrimp Alfredo and oysters.

In this episode, we also touched on Bob Baumhower’s impact on Mobile’s food scene. Patterson credits Baumhower with being a great businessman and a people person, always taking care of those around him.

Roosevelt Patterson’s story is a testament to the power of perseverance and the importance of giving back to the community. Tune into the podcast to hear more about his playing days, mentoring efforts, and the journey that led him to Las Floriditas, or come see him each Thursday on our Old Mobile Evening tour!